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Iran's Larijani to meet ElBaradei in Vienna

Vienna, February 20, IRNA - Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani arrived in Vienna on Tuesday noon to hold talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei.

Ali Larijani

Iran's top nuclear negotiator is scheduled to meet with the IAEA chief this afternoon.

The meeting takes place on the threshold of ElBaradei's expected report on Iran's nuclear program to the Board of Governors and the United Nations Security Council.

It had been said earlier that the report was due to be submitted from Wednesday to Friday.

ElBaradei's report will be examined by members of the Board of Governors in its next meeting due to be held in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, today's meeting between Larijani and ElBaradei is assessed by some political experts as a sign of both side's will to solve the issue through talks.

Diplomat considers Larijani-ElBaradei meeting as good sign

Vienna, Feb 20, IRNA - A Western diplomat here Tuesday pointed to the upcoming meeting between Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei as a very good sign.

The diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity told IRNA that the meeting due to take place before the 60-day deadline set by the UN Security Council anti-Iran resolution and prior to submission of a report on the issue by the UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei is of great importance.

He added that the outcome of Larijani-ElBaradei talks will affect the content of ElBaradei's report.

According to the Resolution 1737, which was approved by UNSC on December 23, 2006, Iran was given 60 days to fully suspend its uranium enrichment.

The diplomat hoped that the meeting will lead to a positive outcome.

Concerning the simultaneous call for suspension of enrichment and the UNSC sanctions against it, he said that if only one step is taken towards suspension, the attempts on the issue, which started some time ago, can be expected to continue.

He added that if the talks lead to no positive result, two points of views will emerge.

"Some believe that Iran may automatically end up facing sanctions by the UNSC. But others say that the UNSC members should again make decisions about further sanctions," he added.

The Western diplomat underlined that today's meeting between Iran's top nuclear negotiator and the IAEA chief is positive, given that it shows that there is still something to talk about.

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